Residents to see designs for new £1m Bullingdon Community Centre

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2019

Residents are set to see designs for a new £1m Bullingdon Community Centre at an event next week.

Oxford City Council and Bullingdon Community Association will host the event at the existing community centre, in Peat Moors, between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday 4 July.

Residents can drop in at any time to view the new proposals, and talk to the architect and project team.

The proposals will see Bullingdon Community Centre demolished and replaced with a modern and purpose-built centre.

The new centre will provide two community halls, kitchen, toilets, an atrium, meeting rooms and multi-use spaces that could be used for community meeting or as changing rooms.

The centre is owned by Oxford City Council and operated by Bullingdon Community Association. The City Council has been working closely with the association undertaking feasibility work, including the development of the proposals.

The City Council’s Cabinet will decide on the proposals in the autumn. A planning application will then be submitted.

The state of Bullingdon Community Centre has been deteriorating over recent years. The City Council installed two props in 2016, and then a further seven props in 2017, to support the roof of the main hall and make the building safe.

The main hall of Bullingdon Community Centre was built in the early 1950s by local residents. It was then added to over the years to provide a second hall, toilets, a kitchen and two changing rooms.

The centre hosts parent and toddler groups, Orinoco recycling store, activities for older people, junior football teams, a monthly Swap Shop, educational activities and much more.

Councillor Marie Tidball, Oxford City Council Cabinet Member for Supporting Local Communities, said: “This will be the first opportunity for local residents to see the £1m redevelopment proposals that the City Council and Bullingdon Community Association have been working on over the last year.

“I’m delighted that the redevelopment is moving a step closer; it will secure the future of the vital facilities and services that Bullingdon Community Centre provides to the local community.”

Richard Bryant, Secretary of the Bullingdon Community Association, said: “Positive progress is being made on the plans for the new Bullingdon Community Centre. The architects have taken on board many of our proposals and we are pleased that the local community are having the opportunity to view the plans. We hope that the redevelopment will happen as soon as possible.”